A June Soaker This Weekend; Plus Funnel Cloud & Waterspout

11pm Sunday…

It’s been a real soaker this weekend. Showers started late Friday, then some downpours both yesterday and today. Of course when we get these hit/miss showers some neighborhoods get soaked but others remain dry. Can you believe that on June 10th we’ve pretty much received our typical June rain? Obviously with more rain on the way it’s going to be a wetter than normal month. It’s already the wettest June since 2014 in Portland.

Take a look at the numbers for PDX


Today’s fun featured a funnel cloud over east Portland

Pic by Heather Waters

And a waterspout just offshore Tillamook County

Pic by Will (via Twitter)

And 3-5″ snow at Timberline Lodge; unusual, but not unheard of in early June at 6,000′

What’s ahead? It’s clear we’re going to see more rounds of showers the next 7-9 days. The ECMWF ensemble forecast for 24 hour rainfall shows a peak in rain Tuesday and then again Friday through NEXT Tuesday. My garden needs a lot of slug bait the next week or so…

Looking for more sunshine and/or dry weather? Either head to the eastern Columbia River Gorge or central/north-central Oregon tomorrow. Lots of sunshine out there Monday, and probably Wednesday/Thursday too. Those will be the nicest days west of the Cascades too. The ECMWF does keep hinting at some sort of upper-level ridging the 2nd half of June…we’ll see. If so that would mean summer weather could be 10-14 days away.

I’m out of time this evening so that’s it. Enjoy your mainly dry Monday… Chief Meteorologist Mark Nelsen

14 Responses to A June Soaker This Weekend; Plus Funnel Cloud & Waterspout

  1. W7ENK says:

    66 degrees, RH 97%, dewpoint is 65.1F


    • Joshua Lake Oswego says:

      It is Muh Gee out there. There was a spot in Texas today that was 99 degrees with a 78 degree dew point. No thanks.

  2. W7ENK says:

    0.58″ of rain as of 7am, and it’s still coming down steady. Lots of free sky water for the garden! I really wish my catchment tank order hadn’t been canceled back in late March because of this COVID-19 thing. 😦

  3. W7ENK says:

    All this talk about how this has been a wet June, but I seem to recall June 2010 being a real soaker. I went back to look at my records (in fact, 6/2010 was the first month I began keeping my own records)

    Lo and behold…

    • W7ENK says:

      I mean, look at that! By today’s date — one decade ago — I had already received almost 3 inches of rain here in Milwaukie. As of right now, I’m sitting at 0.39″ for the month.


  4. Andrew says:

    For those interested, latest guidance from WMO suggests continued ocean cooling possibly bringing us into weak la niña conditions later in year. Even if we stay in a neutral state, it will be cooler side of normal, unlike last year where temps were slightly above normal but still in range on average. Nothing dramatic in the latest observations but seeming to point to more favorable conditions for an active winter, at least compared to last two.

  5. Paul D says:

    Hillsboro got 0.10. Pathetic.

    • Joshua Lake Oswego says:

      The big losers that I could tell were parts of Hillsboro/Beaverton/Aloha, Tigard/Tualatin, Lake O, Milwaukie, SW Portland. I saw that locations within 1 mile of my house got almost double the rain. It was highly dependent on the location of the really strong showers. PDX jackpotted 3 days in a row. Well, yesterday, they weren’t the jackpot, but still over-achieved. I ended up with about 1/4 of what PDX got.

      W7, can you show us the map of the dome again?

      • W7ENK says:

        Which map? Lack of snow (forecast or actual), lack of lightning, lack of precip altogether, an actual physical picture?

        Hang on, gimme a sec…

      • Doug in LO says:

        Joshua, your assessment seems to be correct. Here in Lake Grove, we had a half dozen 10-15 minute bursts of heavy rain, the drops bouncing off the patio kind, and many extended periods of moderate rain from Friday though Sunday evening. No idea what the overall total was, but likely more than you got and I think our houses are probably a mile+ apart. Weird and selective weather, for sure.


  6. Ken in Wood Village says:

    Thank you for the update Mark. I was thinking of going out this afternoon to see how those showers were doing but missed out on seeing the funnel cloud. 😦

    If we go by the ECMWF (in the short range) I see a zonal flow for right now. I don’t see any big ridging to give us some really nice and warm temps. As for right now, June looks like it’s going to be wet for awhile longer. Let’s hope we can see some good thunderstorms just to make it a little more interesting.


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